Paua (Haliotis spp) – edible univalve mollusks of rocky shores that have flattened, ear-shaped shells with a row of small holes for breathing. They have a strong grip on rocks but move about at night grazing on seaweed. It is an important traditional food source for New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people and it is now considered a scarce delicacy throughout New Zealand and the world.
New Zealand based Soul Paua are currently in Vancouver playing at events running alongside the XXI Winter Olympic Games. This Music Award nominated group was founded in 2001 and its compositions are strongly influenced by Maori and Polynesian culture. In fact, the band sings a contemporary mix of English and Maori language. Soul Paua is also well known for performing some of the best contemporary Polynesian music.
The members of Soul Paua kept themselves busy since their arrival in Vancouver. They represented New Zealand at the Aboriginal Pavilion Festival, also called the Chiefs House, which is mainly showcasing talent & tradition by BC’s Aboriginal People for the Olympics. They also took part in the Talking Festival which annually unites Aboriginal artists from Canada and abroad and features a fusion of music, dance, art and storytelling.
Team Canada Icebreaker had the chance to have Soul Paua on board for their Welcome NZ Party. Soul Paua, whose New Zealand covers attracted a huge crowd outside the venue, energized people and made them dance. Here’s a video that was taken that night so you can experience it for yourself.
For more information on Soul Paua, please visit www.soulpaua.com